Time to Celebrate - Hornets win 2012 draft lottery
By: Jim Eichenhofer,, @Jim_Eichenhofer
May 30, 2012

In a city known for its festive atmosphere, where locals often say they dont need any justification to throw a party, Wednesdays NBA draft lottery provided New Orleans with a legitimate reason to celebrate. When the Hornets earned the No. 1 pick in this years long-awaited draft, it meant the team had overcome significant odds, after entering the evening with only a 14.8 percent chance of doing so.

Year 2 of the Hornets rebuilding process received a huge boost when one of their lottery-ball combinations was drawn first in New York City. As a result, for just the second time in franchise history, the franchise will own the first overall pick. In 1991, the Hornets selected Larry Johnson with the top pick, setting the stage for several years of prosperity and a handful of now-beloved Grandmama television commercials.

The Hornets other first-round pick acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in December remained at No. 10 after the draft lottery, but that was rendered a virtual afterthought when they learned that they will be choosing first overall.

We feel blessed to be in this position, Hornets head coach Monty Williams said. Its great for our city, great for the state of Louisiana. (Were) really excited right now.

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